We fell in love with Portland long before Chloë Sevigny rolled through Portlandia, but getting to know our rad boutique community in the city has made us fall for it even more. We had a chance to visit Oregon on our #BOUTIQUELOVE tour this year and met three amazing women who gave us the expert lowdown on where the locals love to eat, drink and play in Portland.
NONG POONSUKWATTANA, OWNER OF NONG KHAO MAN GAI
Named one of the best food trucks on the west coast by Condé Nast Traveller, Nong serves up traditional khao man gai (an aromatic poached chicken dish that is SO GOOD) from her hometown of Bangkok, Thailand. She moved to the US in 2003 with two suitcases and $70 and today she runs three Nong Khao Man Gai locations in Portland.
WHAT IS YOUR WORK UNIFORM? Big smile and a good hat.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE FAVORITE PLACES IN PORTLAND? Maurice, Kim Jong Grillin and Sen Yai.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT RUNNING A BUSINESS THERE? Being able to bike to work surrounded by trees, birds and a lot of good energy. Being around people that care about how your day went because they eat good berries and other good food everyday.
MEGAN ARAMBUL, OWNER OF FIELDWORK FLOWERS
Every bouquet by Fieldwork is made of hand-picked, locally grown flowers and every single one is Instagram worthy. Seriously, follow them now. Megan has been ruling the floral game in Portland since 2009.
ANNIE PORTLOCK, OWNER OF ANNIEPIES
Focusing on standout flavors and local, seasonal ingredients, you haven’t had pie until you’ve had the bite-sized goodness baked by Annie. Her handcrafted pies are a major hit on the party circuit in Portland and you can stop by her storefront to stock up for the trip home.